the curious incident of the dog in the night-time, a novel by mark haddon

Autism is misunderstood. From childhood to adulthood autistic people see the world through a different lens alien to most of us. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time is told from a lost child’s view, trying to absorb the world of confused adults, noise and patterns; while his brain processes far too quickly.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon starts with murder most foul and dreaded. The lose of life, at first misunderstood. Then Christopher John Francis Boone must understand why someone would want to take away his friends life. All complicated questions for the smartest and most spiritual. 

The author never wavers, he doesn’t use one more word then’s needed, he’s steady and mettered easy to understand and thoroughly enjoyable. This book does accomplish that rare ability of literature that only books possess, it allows you to walk around in the body of another, seeing with another’s touch, smell, and vision. Ever so perplexing and bewildering as is this child’s autistic understanding. He lives in a world of numbers, patterns and only certain recognition.  We feel his trauma. 

The curious incident was recommended by a friend. With the words, “this will change your life.” I wouldn’t go that far, yet it has changed the way I see point of view. How the author handles it. He spent much time observing children with behavioral problems. Bringing that voice to the young Christopher. In my latest “crappy day job” I worked with a mildly autistic person in the mail-room, this novel gave me a greater understanding of his life and challenges. 

You’ll surely enjoy this novel. It’s a quick fast read, you won’t be able to put it down, give it a try.

One Response

  1. yeah, an old favorite of mine. i haven’t read his newer book, though.

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